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BBC NI's Julian O'Neill reports
Unionists of all shades united to see of the Sinn Fein challenge
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Thursday, 1 June, 2000, 21:24 GMT 22:24 UK
DUP win mayoral battle

Sammy Wilson(left) receives the chain of office from Bob Stoker
Democratic Unionist Party nominee Sammy Wilson has been elected as Belfast's Lord Mayor for the second time.

Mr Wilson narrowly defeated Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey by 26 votes to 24 at Belfast City Council's annual meeting.

The result follows a tense contest which Sinn Fein had hoped to win to secure the mayoralty for a republican candidate for the first time.

However, the defection of Alliance Party councillor Danny Dow, severely dented their hopes. Mr Dow's colleagues had said they would support Sinn Fein.

Mr Wilson, who previously served as lord mayor in 1986, was nominated following a meeting of DUP councillors on Wednesday night.

Following his election, the new lord mayor said nationalists had less to fear from him than unionists had from ongoing terrorist activity.

"I will seek to represent the people of this city as a whole while holding on to my firm unionist principles," he said.



Alex Maskey: Narrowly defeated for mayoral role
Defeated candidate Alex Maskey said the result was "a bad vote for unionism".

South Belfast SDLP assembly member Carmel Hanna was unable to attend due to illness.

Sinn Fein has been the largest party in the council chamber for the past two years, with 13 councillors.

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